Super Nintendo World Opens, PS5’s VR Controllers Revealed

Today: You can enjoy Nier Automata right out of the box on Xbox Game Pass — Adios is about a farmer who is fed up getting rid of bodies for the mob — Jason Rubin thinks VR will be as big as AAA

Grand opening of Super Nintendo World

Today is the grand opening of the Super Nintendo World park at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, and the occasion will be marked with an opening ceremony at the park’s Super Star Plaza.

Annual pass holders could enter from February 4, 2021

Shigeru Miyamoto will be in attendance, alongside Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad and all the park employees in full park regalia. Super Nintendo World was originally supposed to open last year, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced Nintendo to delay the opening significantly.

Open to all: The park is completely Mario-themed, and features interactive rides and experiences like Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge, where guests ride special karts and wear augmented reality headgear to see the circuit, their rivals and power-ups.

More to come: The other major attraction is Yoshi's Adventure, which takes you on a ride through and around the entire park, complete with scenery and animatronics inspired by the arts and crafts look the Yoshi games. More Nintendo parks are scheduled to open in other locations in the future, including Universal's Epic Universe, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Singapore.

Which TV show pilot featured a bit of footage from Dying Light?

a) iZombie
b) The Walking Dead
c) Braindead
d) Z Nation

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

From Franz Kafka to a girlfriend from hell

Grasshopper Manufacture’s wacky action game Shadows of the Damned started life as Kurayami, with a story inspired by Franz Kafka and free-roaming action. That didn’t last, and the main character was redesigned no less than three times before becoming the latino bad-ass Garcia Hotspur.

Shadows of the Damned changed a lot over development

A poster in the game shows a demon entering a red portal and exiting a green portal, a pretty obvious reference to Valve’s Portal. There’s also plenty of references to the Evil Dead movies, particularly in the As Evil As Dead level, which lifts scenes straight out of Raimi’s classics.

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Latest Pokémon Masters EX event live

The latest Pokémon Masters EX event, the Shining Heart of Dragons, is now live and lasts until April 3rd.

The new Champion of Unova enters the spotlight

A special Pokémon Go event will start in India on March 28th to mark the celebration of the festival of colors. The new referral system is now open for Australian players, which rewards you for inviting new players or getting lapsed trainers to reactivate their accounts.

Pokémon Go

  • Referral system open in Australia
  • Charge Up Event
    • Lasts until March 22nd
    • Boosts Electric-type Pokémon
    • Tynamo, Mega Manectric and Thundurus Therian Forme now available
    • Timed Research with new bosses in Raid Battles
  • Festival of Colors event
    • Starts on March 28th in India
    • Spawn increases for Bulbasaur, Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Alolan Grimer, Seel, Marill, Sunkern, Murkrow, Slugma, Aron, Trapinch, and Drifloon
    • 100 Coin box with 30 Poké Balls, a Lucky Egg and 10 Pinap Berries
    • Timed Research giving Poke Balls, Great Balls, Ultra Balls, various Berries and other items
    • Encounter with Alolan Muk

Pokémon Masters

  • The Shining Heart of Dragons Event
    • Lasts until April 3rd
    • Focused on Iris becoming Champion of Unova
    • Poké Far Scout with chance for Sync Pair of Iris (Champion) & Hydreigon

Less buggy Nier:Automata on Game Pass

NieR: Automata Game of the YoRHa Edition for Steam has been somewhat controversial due to a fixed frame rate and UI issues, but the version on Xbox Game Pass for PC fixes these problems.

NieR:Automata on Game Pass has native Borderless Mode

Xbox Game Pass for PC features the Become as Gods edition, which features all DLC except the Steam-exclusive cosmetic items based on Valve's characters.

Fan fixes: The Steam version was fixed by modders who developed tools and patches for fixing the UI and game stability problems, and while the Xbox Game Pass version is still capped at 60FPS, the other problems seem to be fixed.

Modded or vanilla: Become as Gods is based on the 2018 Xbox One version, and fans remain undecided about which version is actually better. The Game of the YoRHa edition with all the community fixes is more fully featured, but also just more of a pain in (2B's) butt to get up and running.

Adios Review

Reviewed by Gavin Herman

Developer: Mischief

Platform Tested: Xbox Series X

“How would you spend your last day on Earth?”

Adios tells the story of two men spending a day together somewhere in Kansas in the early 90s. One is a farmer, the other is a hitman for the mob. The farmer has earned a few extra bucks on the side helping the hitman get rid of bodies by feeding them to his pigs, but he has decided enough is enough. They both know what that means.

The game takes place during the farmer's last day alive, which he spends doing his usual farm work with the help of the hitman. They talk, sharing observations about family, their jobs, life and death. It's a melancholic tale about sin, regret and redemption and it treats its subject matter with tact and respect, imbuing the mundanity of everyday life with an understated beauty.

You'd be amazed what pigs can eat...

Rick Zieff and D.C. Douglas deliver great performances as the farmer and the hitman, and their acting does a great job establishing the relationship between the two characters, and inviting you into it. They milk the goats, shovel the manure and do all the things that need doing on the farm, and they both know what will happen once the day is over. The hitman tries to persuade the farmer to change his mind, but he won't. He can't. You often have choices during the dialogues, and some of them are greyed out. Those are the things the farmer is thinking and feeling, but that he can't bring himself to say out loud.

While the story is well-executed, the game itself is not always a smooth experience. The farm work is often awkward, and the context-sensitive actions are not always intuitive. It's by no means disastrous, but it can distract from the somber tone when you fail to do basic things. There's not much to be frustrated by anyway: The game takes an hour or two to complete, and focuses completely on its storytelling.

It's not the prettiest game, but it doesn't need to be

The characters and location are well-realized, making the most of the game's low budget by focusing on the farm and painting the backdrop to the farmer's slow, quiet life in broad, expressive strokes. It's not exactly impressive, but it's confidently executed and just might surprise you with its artistry.

What matters most is that the story is expertly executed. The memorable characters and their quiet, understated relationship lingers long after the credits roll. It's a sad game, but it's also an exciting reminder of just how much more expressive potential videogames have. There is no other game like Adios, and that's exactly why you should play it.

PROS:

  • Gripping story
  • Melancholy atmosphere
  • Strong performances

CONS:

  • Awkward gameplay
  • Stiff animations
  • Minor glitches
8/10Good

Adios is available now on PC and Xbox Series X. Publisher Mischief kindly provided a Xbox Series X review code to DailyBits for free for the purpose of this review.

VR will catch up with AAA

Facebook's vice president of Play Jason Rubin has declared that VR will be as big as AAA console games one day. It just needs a few more years to grow a stable, sustainable ecosystem. Rubin co-founded Naughty Dog and served as president of THQ before joining Oculus to head its first-party content initiative.

Rubin remembers “… the naysayers that said ‘it wouldn’t work’ and then said ‘it would only work for a handful of titles’, and are now saying ‘yes, but that isn’t AAA’…the trajectory of the path is clear: we’re going to get there.”

Fan-made Bioshock campaign in VR

Wim Buytaert used Half-Life: Alyx as the basis for a trip to Rapture spanning an eight-part story campaign that is equal parts remake and remix. It uses over 200 original game assets with permission from the developers, and is available through Steam Workshop

Hellgate erupts into VR

Old-school action role-playing series Hellgate steps into VR, taking you on a quest to ferry critical supplies from shelters to templar bases. Originally announced for PlayStation VR, the Unreal Engine 4 powered first-person shooter is headed to PC later this month.

Which TV show pilot featured a bit of footage from Dying Light?

ANSWER: iZombie!

I'd be mad too if my mates played Dying Light after I got zombified

Videogames tend to get short thrift in other media, whether it’s TV, film or literature – and iZombie is no exception. In the show’s pilot, the main character sees her ex-fiancé play Dying Light with a friend, which comes as a bit of a blow since she just became a zombie.

Of course, there’s a bit of weirdness going on: The two men are playing Dying Light in single player with two controllers, which is either very stupid or pretty funny depending on your perspective. Still, that’s nowhere near as bad as Jesse Pinkman playing Rage on Xbox 360 with a light gun.

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Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey.